Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Workout Summary Feb 4-10

Total Miles Run = 62.5
Quality Miles = 14
Long Run = 10.1


Mon: 6 x 800m with 30 sec rest @ 7 min mile pace
Wed: 20 x 400m on the track @ 6:40 per mile pace w 30 sec rest
Thurs: 7 miles under 8 min pace
Sun: 10K @ 7:07 min pace

62 miles for the week- Nothing shorter than 7 or longer than 10 but some good quality workouts.

Strava Training Log

Common Causes and Treatment of Shin Splints

Thanks to Dr. Ray McCalanhan of Northwest Foot & Ankle for this excellent video!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Free Boston Marathon Webinar Series!

Check out the free Boston Marathon webinar by running coach Greg McMillan. They kicked off on Jan 15 but each session is recorded and available at McMillan Running.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Workout Summary Jan 28- Feb 3

Total Miles = 65.3
Quality Miles = 10
Long Run = 15.3


Tues: 4 miles @ 7:16 pace
Wed: 15.5 mile run
Thurs: 12 x 400m @ 7 min pace with short 20 sec rest
Fri: 5k @ 7:06 pace
Sat: 15.3 mile run

65 total miles on top of some good quality workouts and 2 long runs. Fantastic week!

Learn a New Way to Stretch Your Calves & Strengthen Glut. Medius!

With nearly 7 million subscribers, ATHLEAN-X is one of my favorite YouTube channels. This clip demonstrates perfectly why physical therapist and strength coach Jeff Cavaliere is one of the best resources for runners struggling with injuries.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

20 x 400 meters with 30 sec rest

Every once in a while I feel the need to visit the track for a good hard one to see where I'm at. I learned that I am reasonably fit but not very fast. Leg fatigue and inability to generate any kind of speed were limiting compared to breathing, an indication that I should focus on some short faster work. Either that or find a way to reverse the aging process

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Instant Cure for Plantar Fasciitis by Dr. Eric Berg

MY COMMENTS: This makes sense to me yet seems to be the exact opposite type of stretch usually recommended for plantar fasciitis. Check out the number of positive outcomes reported in the comments below the video.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ladder Workouts

Workout of the Week: Track Ladders Competitor Running

"-a ladder workout is an interval session where you either ascend or descend the time or distance—along with the pace—of each repetition. “Ladder workouts that start with shorter, faster intervals flood the legs with lactic acid and teach your body how to persist with fast running even though they are tired and heavy.
Descending ladder workouts that decrease in interval length throughout the workout—but increase in pace—teach your body how to change gears late in a session.”
-Coach Sarah Crouch of Runners Connect.

MY COMMENT: As Coach Crouch points out, there are different reasons why you might start with shorter intervals as opposed to working your way down from longer segments. While I favor multiple repetitions run at the same distance, occasionally I will break it up with a ladder routine- working my way up to finish at a pace that simulates racing.

Last week I did the following: 16 x 100m with 20 sec recovery; 5 x .2 mile with 60 sec recovery; 2 mile run. https://www.strava.com/activities/2101475907

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Long Run!

Workout Summary Jan 21-26

Total Miles = 60.8
Quality Miles = 8.6
Long Run = 11 miles


60 mile week!
3 runs 10 miles or longer!
Wed: 4.6 mile tempo run (7:04 pace)
Thurs: Ladder Workout 16 x .1 mile; 5 x .2 mile; 2 mile run (6:39 per mile ave)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Is Tapering Necessary?

Mike Smith, coach of NCAA Cross Country champs Northern Arizona University, addresses his tapering philosophy at 41 minutes into this insightful podcast on Final Surge. Perhaps it's time to rethink your approach to that final week prior to your next big race.

Workout Summary Jan 14-20

Total Miles = 49.2
Quality Miles = 9
Long Run = 14.4 miles


Mon: 4 x 1 mile Critical Velocity indoor track; 2 min recovery
Wed: 14.4 miles in 2 hr 12 min
Fri: 10 x 800m on turf: 1 min rest. 6:45 mile pace

Monday, January 14, 2019

Workout Summary Jan 7-13

Total Miles = 49.9
Quality Miles = 11
Long Run = 15


Mon Inpromptu semi hard reverse ladder the day following a 12 miler totaling 4 miles @ 7:13 pace
Wed: 15 miles is my longest run in months
Fri: Solid effort on a 5K course (6:41 ave)
Sun: Rare day off! Legs feeling just a little too beat up in the morning.

Wed Long Run

Friday, January 11, 2019

5K Time Trial

Today I ran a hard 5K just to evaluate how this 80-20 program is working. The last few hard workouts I've done has been either on a 10 lap indoor track or trail so splits are always slow.

I've run several 5K time trials on a straight bike trail with 3 small inclines- 1 in the first mile and 2 in the second mile. Today I tied my PR on this trail with negative splits.

I've been experimenting with a very slow pace on most training runs (9 min pace or slower) trying to conserve legs for the hard days while at the same time slowly extending longer runs (15 miles on Wed, 8 on Thursday). So far so good.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tom "Tinman" Schwartz!

Tom "Tinman" Schwartz is fast becoming recognized as one of the most successful distance running coaches in the U.S. today. From recently crowned USA Marathon Champion Brogan Austin to former high school sub 4 minute miler Drew Hunter (not to mention capturing the USATF National Club XC Championship team title the last 2 years!), Tinman's coaching principles seem to be work across the spectrum of distance running.

Check out this Final Surge podcast to learn more about Tinman's unique yet down to earth coaching philosophy.

"I learned that when I trained at a pace a few seconds per mile faster than my 10k intensity (I ran about 34:00-35:00 at that time), my race times improved steadily, week after week. When I ran intervals at 5k pace or faster, however, I seemed to improve for only three or four weeks before struggling in races." -Coach Tom "Tinman"Schwartz

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hip Exercises for Runners by Ben Barrows

MY COMMENT: We all should be doing some of these on a regular basis. Thanks Ben!

Spread Your Toes Series

Not long ago I began to notice what looks like the start of Tailor's Bunion and have become obsessed with researching the use of toe spreaders. One of the best resources I found is Northwest Foot & Ankle that has created a number of excellent videos illustrating new, conservative methods for treating many common running related injuries.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Workout Summary Jan 1-6

Total Miles Run = 53 (6 days)
Quality Miles = 11
Long Run = 13.1 miles

2 long very slow runs this week- Tues 13.1 miles and Sun 12 miles
Wed: 10K progressive run (7:05 ave) on turf- 7:32, 7:19, 6:59, 7:01, 6:54, 6:53
Fri: 2 sets of 5 x 800m w 30 sec rest, 5 min between sets. 3:24 ave on the 10 lap indoor track

Comments: Feeling some hamstring/ hip pain that I am hoping to push through. Lots of piriformis stretching and laying off the hamstrings for a while.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Jeff Galloway's Race Pace Prediction Formula

Take your one-mile time trial time and adjust to find a potential fast pace for you, in each race:
5K—add 33 seconds
10K—multiply by 1.15
half marathon—multiply by 1.2
marathon—multiply by 1.3

Example: You ran a fast (for you) one-mile time trial and the time was 10:00. In this case, 10:33/mile is your current potential for a very hard pace in a 5K; 11:30/mile is your current potential for a very hard pace in a 10K;
12:00/mile is your current potential for a very hard pace in a half marathon;
13:00/mile is your current potential for a very hard pace in a marathon.

To determine your long run pace, add two minutes to the predicted marathon pace. In this case it would be 15:00/mile. -The “Magic Mile” Can Tell You How Fast To Run -Competitor Running

COMMENT: I'm a fan of these prediction formulas. While they may not be accurate for every runner, more often than not you'll be able to make an adjustment to the formula to make it fit.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Vitamin D and Running

"The overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%)." -Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults

Alarmed? Based on these numbers it's safe to assume that Vitamin D deficiency is common among runners and indirectly impacting performance. This doesn't mean you'll run faster just by popping a Vitamin D pill, however according to this Runners Connect article Vitamin D is involved in calcium absorption, muscle contraction, nerve stimulation, support of a healthy immune system, and inhibiting inflammatory response in individuals with asthma or allergies.

If you're serious about running fast or considering a supplement, get a 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test.

Recommended Reading on Vitamin D

What Is Vitamin D Good For and Why Do I Need It?- Runners World

Eat These Foods to Boost Your Vitamin D
- Runners World

Vitamin D Council

12 Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamin D-Health.com

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

While level of exercise, body weight, muscle mass, and age are factors that influence the amount of protein required for optimal recovery and performance, leading expert on the subject Professor Luc Van Loon provides the athlete with some simplified, straight foward advice- take in 20-25 grams (approx. 3 oz of meat, chicken, or fish) with every meal (3 x daily) including a timed post run meal. In addition, Dr. Van Loon recommends a bedtime dose of protein to ensure optimal protein synthesis during sleep.

The American Dietetic Association recommendation calls for up to 2 grams of protein /kg body weight per day (that's an upper limit of .9 gms per pound or 112 gms for a skinny 125 pound runner!) That should be a wake up call for any athlete striving for optimal running performance.

. Thanks to Nestle Nutrition Institute for posting!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Stir the Pot!

Dr. Stuart McGill is a leading authority on back pain treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. According to Dr. McGill, athletes need a non-flexible core in order to control excessive movement. He also believes core and back muscle endurance is more important than strength. Check out one of his recommended exercises called Stir the Pot! Thanks to Dr. Brian Abelson of Kinetic Health for posting!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Science Behind 80-20 Training- Lecture by Dr. Stephen Seiler

"Do 80% of your running at low intensity, and the remaining 20% at moderate to high intensity. The rest is details." -Robert Johnson, co-founder letsrun.com who wrote the forward to Matt Fitzgerald's popular 80/20 Running book. Run stronger and race faster by TRAINING SLOWER! Watch Dr. Seiler's presentation that discusses some of his research behind those details.

Monday, December 17, 2018

2:54:23 at Age 70!

Congratulations to 70 year old Gene Dykes for setting a new age group world record at Jacksonville this weekend. Even more amazing is he ran a 50K 2 weeks earlier! I placed 10th at Jacksonville in 1988.